Michigan shortline update: March 2020

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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby dave989 » Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:29 am

[quote="Patriot"]MQT - SB Leonard at 9:00ish...believe I counted six power units as they were crossing Leonard?? Yes, six units! Five SD-40-2's and gp-38 2057 into Wyoming yard at 09:29
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby AARR » Fri Mar 06, 2020 2:57 pm

AK Steel 1206 (SW900?) pushing a long string of gondolas at Dearborn plant
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby kd_1014 » Fri Mar 06, 2020 4:35 pm

Does Z151 have a daylight schedule now? This past week they have all been mid morning southbounds and around noon northbounds.
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby MQT1223 » Fri Mar 06, 2020 10:34 pm

kd_1014 wrote:Does Z151 have a daylight schedule now? This past week they have all been mid morning southbounds and around noon northbounds.


Seems like it, train is usually parked just north of Turner sometime after 4. They'll sit there for a few hours to let CSX and Amtrak do their thing then between the morning "rush" and 329 sneak in and out of Wyoming. Who knows how long it will last.
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby dave989 » Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:51 am

The Z151 from Friday 3-6 with six units dropped an SD-40 in Wyoming yard but I could not see the number or why it got dropped in Wyoming yard. Anyone know what's up with this unit?
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby SD80MAC » Sat Mar 07, 2020 9:55 am

dave989 wrote:The Z151 from Friday 3-6 with six units dropped an SD-40 in Wyoming yard but I could not see the number or why it got dropped in Wyoming yard. Anyone know what's up with this unit?

MQT 3407 is being transferred to the Toledo, Peoria & Western.
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby dave989 » Sat Mar 07, 2020 1:33 pm

MQT 3407 is still sitting by E. Tower in Wyoming yard.
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:14 am

GRE - EB Leonard at 11:14 with one CH and one tank.
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby Pie39 » Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:32 pm

This is late and won’t help anyone, but maybe it’s good for future reference. LSRC 6355 and 6352 left Wixom at 7:47am for Flint, and I later caught 6351 and 6302 heading south through Holly at 11:00 (and they presumably arrived in Wixom sometime after).

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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby EWRice » Tue Mar 10, 2020 3:50 pm

What I believe rivals the longest train I have ever seen on Michigan Shore is on its way between Ferrysburg and Muskegon. The normal consist was sandwiched between what must be storage gondolas. The power was out of sight north of 3rd st in Ferrysburg and the last car was just crossing Coho dr in Grand Haven when I drove past.
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby SD80MAC » Tue Mar 10, 2020 4:03 pm

EWRice wrote:What I believe rivals the longest train I have ever seen on Michigan Shore is on its way between Ferrysburg and Muskegon. The normal consist was sandwiched between what must be storage gondolas. The power was out of sight north of 3rd st in Ferrysburg and the last car was just crossing Coho dr in Grand Haven when I drove past.

The gons are for that new customer loading ash.
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby EWRice » Tue Mar 10, 2020 5:43 pm

Caught up to them in the Heights. They look like brand new gons. Who is shipping ash, the BC Cobb remains?

I counted 76 cars after looking back at my video. The last "big one" a few years ago was something like 54 cars.
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby Standard Railfan » Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:27 pm

EWRice wrote:What I believe rivals the longest train I have ever seen on Michigan Shore is on its way between Ferrysburg and Muskegon. The normal consist was sandwiched between what must be storage gondolas. The power was out of sight north of 3rd st in Ferrysburg and the last car was just crossing Coho dr in Grand Haven when I drove past.


Where able to see if the gondolas had covers?
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby EWRice » Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:28 pm

Open top, CBFX reporting marks.
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby Standard Railfan » Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:15 am

Thank you.
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby SD80MAC » Wed Mar 11, 2020 9:36 am

They will be getting covers as they're loaded. It sounds like they will not be loading them right away. It also sounds like they could be loading bottom ash from Campbell as well. If this is the case, the business could last for quite some time.
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Wed Mar 11, 2020 10:49 am

GRE - EB Leonard at 10:48 lite
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby EWRice » Wed Mar 11, 2020 12:53 pm

Michigan Shore is stopped north of the swing bridge waiting for the conductor to open the bridge. Should be heading towards Muskegon in a few minutes. 2025, 2019 and the usual mix of cars.
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby ~Z~ » Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:19 am

Grand elk heading south out of Kalamazoo at 9:19, about 50 cars.
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Re: Michigan shortline update: March 2020

Unread postby Patriot » Fri Mar 13, 2020 10:40 am

GRE - EB Leonard at 10:40 with 21 CHs
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